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Did Rosie O’Donnell get one right?

Rare alignment of planets has ABC morning talker siding against Bill Clinton

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MSNBC/Sharpton’s desperate election stunt

Faced with unprecedented unpopularity, just how desperate are Democrats to get core voters to the polls? A last-second stunt by Al Sharpton speaks volumes: the MSNBC host is headed back to Ferguson in an attempt to stir up anger just before election day. Of course, the “official” reason is to call attention to supposed civil […]

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Take-out run might mean curtains for NBC doctor’s career

Ebola quarantines are for the little people! That’s what NBC’s Dr Nancy Snyderman seemed to be saying when she violated a 21-day Ebola confinement for a take-out run. Snyderman, with NBC for eight years and ABC the previous 17, apparently didn’t think anyone would notice. But we’re in an age of cameras everywhere and Twitter, […]

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Book saw Ebola entering US through Dallas- published in 1999!

How is Frederick Aldrich feeling right about now?

A full fifteen years ago, the obscure author of terrorism thrillers predicted a future eerily similar to current events. “Absolute Zero” has a premise so dead-on, you’ll think he’s either psychic, or someone’s pulling a prank.

Long out of print, the book’s for real, however, with reviews stretching back to 1999, where readers must have had a tough time envisioning a post 9-11 future. Aldrich saw an Ebola scenario where “an African man carrying the virus has arrived unhindered in Dallas.” Sound familiar?

It gets better: “experts assure the public there is no cause for fear. But is there really nothing to fear?”

All that’s missing is a president golfing his way through the crisis!

Absolute Zero bookOne difference: Aldrich saw Ebola entering the US intentionally as an act of terrorism, which of course hasn’t been the case in 2014. Or has it? Who really knows at this time?

Reviews have been decidedly mixed over the years, with some finding it “contrived”, while others, discovering it just now in e-book form, are amazed at the way life is imitating art.

Reader Richard N Owens, posting his critique just two days ago, said “I was mesmerized by this story which explained the Ebola virus threat better than CDC has to date. A fast paced story you won’t be able to put down.”

But IM Tanuki was relatively harsh in his assessment: “wooden characters, contrived plot, really weak dialogue. But the concept is interesting, if only in light of the current Ebola epidemic.”

If Aldrich has any winning lotto numbers he’d like to share, please let us know!

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Going too far? Merely visiting Dallas has Maine teacher in hot water

Is public concern over Ebola turning into outright panic?

In Maine at least, it certainly looks that way: merely VISITING Dallas is now cause for an emergency response upon returning home. Hate to break it to Mainers, but Texas is gigantic, and they don’t call that city “The Big D” for nothin’.

Despite not being within 10 miles of where now-deceased patient Thomas Eric Duncan was treated, the unnamed teacher was placed on 21-day leave immediately upon arrival. The purpose of her visit? A well-attended educational conference.

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CNBC Ebola editorial attacks ‘idiocy and vileness of the Republicans’

Are Republicans who call for greater presidential leadership over the unfolding Ebola crisis guilty of “idiocy and vileness”?

That’s what appeared at CNBC.com’s main page earlier this evening in a particularly non-constructive analysis of Obama’s Ebola Czar appointment. While many have focused their criticism of appointee Ron Klain on his political insider status and lack of medical and health care background, Jeffrey Sachs sees the entire process as nothing but an attempt by Obama to appease evil Republicans. Read all »

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Another day, another Ebola scare

Another day, another Ebola scare! Which city will be next?

Today, it’s DC’s turn, as a bizarre vomit attack inside the Pentagon’s parking lot instantly turned into an emergency situation. Because the woman had recently visited West Africa and was on a tour bus at the time of the incident, all hell broke loose pretty quickly.

So much for public confidence that the threat (or panicky response) can be contained anytime soon. Read all »

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If St Lucia can do it, why not America?

While Senator Ted Cruz calls for a special session of Congress to discuss an Ebola travel ban, one tiny Caribbean nation isn’t messing around- it has already imposed that very policy.

St Lucia, an island nation of 200,000 in the Eastern Caribbean, said it enacted a visitation ban on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because it simply isn’t equipped to deal with infected patients. Read all »

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One Ebola patient means closed schools, banks in Ohio

Is this a taste of what’s to come?

In Ohio, suspected exposure to just one Ebola patient has meant dramatic local upheaval as schools and even a bank processing center are shut down. In one case, a teacher’s husband was merely on the same flight as Amber Vinson, the nurse from Dallas who inexplicably traveled to Ohio against any sliver of good judgement. The former was then sent home with pay for 21 days while students were dismissed so the school could undergo decontamination.

Across Ohio, similar situations are emerging which require closed schools and workplaces. That has Fox 8 Cleveland tracking these as though it was a severe weather event in January!

Does anyone else find this situation surreal? It sounds more like one of those “outbreak” movies than any possible reality. Read all »

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Reporters rebel against Obama’s control over White House news

Obama and his minions have been censoring news reports coming out of the White House and some media scribes have finally had enough.

Though small in number so far, enough pool reporters have joined together to create the makings of an alternative system, reports the Washington Post. Ninety print correspondents have found a way to bypass administration control over news dissemination using a private Internet group.

Left unexplored, however: how did Obama & Friends ever get this kind of control over the news? It’s the kind of thing we’ve long suspected, but never could confirm. According to the story, the White House has kept the master contact list for print reporters and also handled distribution.

So much for a free press! Does that sound like America, or a despotic Third World hellhole? Read all »

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Hollyweirdest: Brad Pitt owned guns in kindergarten?

In perhaps the strangest-ever case of Hollyweird liberal idealism clashing with the truth, actor Brad Pitt has admitted he’s owned guns since kindergarten (!) and learned to fire a handgun at age eight. In addition, he apparently remains armed at all times to this day, at least while at home.

Details are coming from the British press via an interview with RadioTimes that is not available online.

Pitt’s revelations have understandably shocked and alarmed his media and industry pals as the story made its way to this side of the Atlantic. Read all »

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Democratic women and pot = today’s news trend

For whatever reason, it’s been a strange day for Democratic women and marijuana.

First, in what may or may not have been a contrived, cynical ploy to get the pothead activist vote, Hillary Clinton cracked a weed joke during a campaign visit to Colorado on behalf of US Senator Mark Udall.

Was this planned ahead of time? After all, she’s in dire need of enthusiastic special interest groups and that is a particularly active one. Read all »

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NBC worried some liberals are embracing ‘Islamophobia’

Are some liberals wandering off the politically correct reservation? The folks at NBC think so and are sounding the alarm.

Apparently, they’re having a harder time convincing the left that Islam is “a religion of peace” and are doubling-down on the propaganda. On the surface, what msnbc’s Toure and other network talking heads are saying sounds reasonable, that not every Muslim can be blamed for ISIS / al-Qaeda extremism. But their “facts” are presented in a way that makes today’s Islam seem mainstream and bypass unpleasant realities (43% support al-Qaeda, for example).

Watch as the (otherwise UN-watched) Toure and a NBC political analyst “explain” why everyone else is wrong, at one point even comparing Islamic extremism with that of Hindus (?): Read all »